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Graduate Certificate in Theological Education

Abbreviation: GCTE Accredited through UD
6 months full-timeUp to 2 years part-time
Available to domestic students only

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education provides advanced skill development and understanding of contemporary practice in higher education for tertiary educators in divinity and its associated disciplines. It enables integrated personal and professional development through reflective practice and peer and student engagement as well as through literature-based research.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education

  • have a sophisticated knowledge of and implement principles of good practice in contemporary theological higher education
  • have skills in design and implementation of teaching, learning and assessment activities
  • apply insights from formal and informal evaluation to unit design and teaching practice
  • apply the outcomes of research and their own professional reflection to professional and vocational practice in theological education
  • apply peer, student and literature-based insights to building expertise in one or more areas of theological education practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education consists of 72 points, either

  • one 8 point unit and four 16 point units (University of Divinity staff), commencing with the 8 point unit and one 16 point unit in the first semester, or
  • one 24 point unit and three 16 point units (staff of other higher education providers).

Units available for this award:

Candidates who teach at one of the University of Divinity colleges will enrol in DE8030L and DE8031L in the first semester of their studies. All other candidates should enrol in DE8029L. Both cohorts should enrol in DE8032L in the second semester of their first year.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission an applicant must

  • have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or demonstrate at least five years of relevant work experience or relevant professional attainment, and
  • be employed or appointed to a role in theological education at tertiary level or be enrolled in a higher degree by research in theology or a related discipline.

Where the first language is other than English, please see the English language proficiency requirements in the Admissions Policy.

ALC operates with a policy of credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL); see the Credit Policy.

Online availability

  • Yes—this course can be studied mostly online.
  • There is a compulsory 2 day intensive in the first semester. For further information, see the calendars and timetables page.


  • Yes—this course is registered for FEE-HELP.

Overseas students

  • No—this course is only available for domestic students.